Jamie Ducar has been hired as the assistant director of community relations in the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Community and Governmental Relations.

“I am excited to join the Office Community and Governmental Relations and contribute to their amazing work. As Pitt continues to be the university of choice for an increasing number of students and innovative partners, responsible and responsive two-way relationships within the community are a critical component of the culture of the university I hope to be a positive addition to,” said Ducar.

Prior to her appointment at Pitt, Ducar served as the community-based program director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. There she supported the recruitment and training of potential volunteers, served on the outreach team for organizational partnerships, provided additional capacity to family and volunteer enrollment, and served on the Quality Assurance team for BBBS. Ducar’s career has been largely concentrated in service of systems that support youth and families, including positions with Battelle for Kids (consulting for Pittsburgh Public Schools), East End Cooperative Ministry, and the Youth Support Partner Unit of the Department of Human Services. She was the recipient of the Heinz College 2015 Otto A. Davis Award for Racial and Social Justice as well as The Incline’s 2017 Who's Next: Community Leaders Award.

“Jamie has a strong reputation as a trusted community partner and proven track record of successful collaborations,” said Paul Supowitz, vice chancellor for community and governmental relations. “We’re thrilled to have someone as talented and committed to the Pittsburgh community as Jamie join our team.”

A Westchester County, NY native, Ducar has been in Pittsburgh since 2003. She has a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Duquesne University and a Master of Public Management from Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. Ducar is a proud Big Sister to a high school student, secretary of the Board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals of Pittsburgh, and an active member of both the Girls Coalition of Southwest PA and 100 Women Who Care Pittsburgh.